Jana Duggar: Edited Out of 19 Kids and Counting?!

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If you watch 19 Kids and Counting online, you know all too well that 24-year-old Jana Duggar plays a unique role in the enormous Arkansas family.

Sources say Jana is exhausted from a lifetime of pitching in, helping to raise her many, many siblings however she can. And it's not hard to see why.

TLC cameras often capture Jana performing thankless tasks at home, and outside of the home, acting as a de facto third parent for Jim Bob and Michelle.

All the while, her younger brothers and sisters are free to live the worry-free lives of typical children and young adults (except without any sinful behavior like hand-holding, naturally).

Of course, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are very conscious of the way they're portrayed in the media, and they can't be pleased by the various "Free Jana" campaigns that have sprung up online.

So, perhaps it's for that reason that Jana was carefully and completely edited out of a recent episode of 19 Kids and Counting:

In 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 16, Anna and Josh Duggar took a trip with their three children to her sister's baby shower in Chicago.

It was described as their first vacation without other family members pitching in to help with the kids. Only that wasn't entirely accurate. Or at all accurate.

What viewers didn't see is that Anna and Josh were joined by Jana Duggar, who was, of course, tasked with helping to care for the her nieces and nephews.

It was only after fans of the show noticed that Jana appeared in photos taken during the road trip that a source close to the series finally admitted Jana's scenes had been cut.

"The producers wanted to showcase they way Josh and Anna interact with their kids," the insider tells OK! magazine, and apparently that meant scrubbing Jana.

Yeesh. How low can you go to bury your Duggar secrets, TLC?

As though it wasn't bad enough that she's forced to constantly care for an ever-expanding brood, now execs are attempting to hide Jana's labors from viewers?

Instead of virtually invisible, now she's literally invisible?!

Hopefully those rumors about Jana and Tim Tebow are true. This girl needs to break out on her own and start breeding some disappointing quarterbacks.

They'd make a really cute couple, too. Just saying.

How does this rank with other recent Duggar family scandals? Browse the gallery below and decide, and see above for more photos of the lovely Jana ...

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